Automatically Accept Meeting Requests in Microsoft Outlook

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Follow the instructions below to automatically accept meeting requests and remove canceled meetings. There are instructions for both Microsoft Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2013.

Microsoft Outlook 2010 – Meeting Requests

Step 1

In Outlook, go up to File > Options.

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Step 2

Go to Calendar, scroll down and click into “Resource Scheduling.”

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Step 3

Then check the box next to “Automatically accept meeting requests and remove canceled meetings” and hit OK.

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Microsoft Outlook 2013 – Meeting Requests

Step 1

In Outlook, go up to File > Options.

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Step 2

Go to Calendar, scroll down and click into “Auto Accept/Decline…”

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Step 3

Then check the box next to “Automatically accept meeting requests and remove canceled meetings” and click OK.

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  • maierp184

    I have Outlook 2013. When I follow these (very clear!) instructions, the options in the “Automatic accept or decline” box are shaded out – I can’t select them. How do I fix that?

    • http://theitbros.com/ Brian Jackson

      The 1st one is greyed out? By default the first one should be selectable and the bottom two are greyed out. Once you select the first one, then the other two should no longer be greyed out.

      • Jennifer Perkins

        I have the same problem as maierp184 above. All three are greyed out.

        • http://theitbros.com/ Brian Jackson

          Do you happen to know if you are running an exchange, IMAP, or POP account? Also, is your Outlook (Microsoft Office) program activated or still in trial mode?

          • Jennifer Perkins

            IMAP and the program is activated.

          • PhilJourdan

            I am in the same boat as Jennifer. any progress on this issue? I am getting the run around from Microsoft

  • Deanna

    Was this every resolved as I still can’t accomplish this task

    • PhilJourdan

      I spoke with Microsoft support (got a great tech as well). The feature was pulled in Office 2010 onward. So no, it does not work.

      But I did find a VB Script that will do the same thing – kind of – http://www.slipstick.com/outlook/calendar/autoaccept-a-meeting-request-using-rules/

      I was very impressed with the Microsoft tech as he stuck with it to the bitter end (apparently the developers do not clue in the the support).